Chelela Nature Trek

from $250.00

Chelela Nature Trek is the destination for adventure lovers and this trek is one the best ways to experience Bhutan’s varying landscape.

Tour Detail

Duration: 12 Days
Trek Effort: Easy, but still requires good fitness.
Maximum Altitude: 3700 meters.
Best Time to Visit: Between March-June or September- November.

Description

The tour offers experience on both wilderness and cultural aspects of Bhutan. The tour begins from Paro, a picturesque valley dotted with farmhouses and turquoise colored Pachu river meandering through the valley. This is a short trek passing through picturesque high altitude lakes. The trek is off the beaten track and offers ample opportunity to witness birds and flowers in spring. Besides you can have spectacular views of high mountains in Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal. The trek is medium-hard with mostly short trekking days but few steep climbs. After the trek, we will also explore some cultural highlights of Thimphu and Punakha valleys.

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All about the Chelela Nature Trek.

Cost & Special offer

The minimum daily package applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan for tourists travelling in a group of 3 people or more is as follows:

 High Season: March, April, May, September, October & November

  • Single traveler: USD 250 per person + USD 40 per night.
  • 2 person:USD 250 Per person + USD 30 per night.
  • 3 plus person: USD 250 per person
  • US$ 40 per person for visa fee (one-time)

Low Season: January, February, June, July, August & December

  • Single traveler: USD 200 per person + USD 40 per night.
  • 2 person:USD 200 Per person + USD 30 per night.
  • 3 plus person: USD 200 per person
  • USD 40 per person for visa fee (one-time)

Tour Discounts:

There shall be no charge other than visa fee of USD 40 for children below the age of 5 years.

  • No charge for children under 5 years.
  • 50%  discount on minimum daily package rate for children in age group 5-12 years.
  • 25% discount on daily rates to full time students below the age of 25 years with valid identity cards.
  • 50% discount on daily rates to one person in a group of 11 people.
  • 100% discount to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
  • A 50% duration discount on SDF shall be provided after the 8th night and 100% discount on SDF shall be provided after 14th night.
  • 100% discount shall be provided on SDF on first and/or last night for groups with night halt in Phuntsholing, Sarpang and Samdrup Jongkhar on arrival and/or departure.
  • Please Note: The rate may go higher depending upon the nature of services desired beyond specified details above

Delayed Arrivals

There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required. It is highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance prior to travel.

(Note: airfares are subjected to change as per the notice by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines)

No Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) for tourists visiting the Eastern circuit:

This special package is offered to visitors to promote tourist visitation to the six eastern Districts of Bhutan so that tourists can experience and enjoy the various exciting places and activities that are largely unexplored in the Eastern part of the country. So, no SDF will be applicable for the tourists visiting the six eastern districts (Mongar, Samdrup Jongkhar, Lhuntse, Tashi Yangtse, Tashigang and Pemagatshel) with effect from 16th November 2017. Our local tour operators are  aware of this and they will arrange everything accordingly to make your visit to the Eastern part of Bhutan a memorable one.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, mineral water) as per your choice.
  •  Tea and snacks
  • Entrance fees to Temples and Monuments.
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay.
  • All internal road transport (excluding internal and external flights, which can be offered at additional costs).
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
  • All internal taxes and charges.
  • A sustainable Development fees of USD 65.
  • Note:  Holidays Bhutan can also book your flights end-to-end.

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Air fare.
  • Drinks and beverages.
  • Travel and health Insurance( All medical facilities in Bhutan is free )
  • Laundry, telephone, mobile, fax and Internet bills (Hotels in Bhutan provide free wifi facilities).
  • Tips for guide and driver.
  • Shopping and Entertainment.
  1. Day 01 Arrival Paro

    The flight into Bhutan takes you to the great Himalayas, offering the most scintillating scenery of the world’s highest glacial peaks. On arrival, you will be warmly welcomed by the tour representative, and escorted to the hotel.
    Overnight in Paro.

  2. Day 02 Paro

    Today’s sightseeing starts with a morning visit to Ta Dzong, a medieval watch tower built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century. It now houses Bhutan’s National Museum, and contains arts and artifacts of significant historic values .An optional walk to the Rimpung Dzong after the museum visit affords panoramic views of the underlying valley. Afternoon drive to the site of Drugyel Dzong, a fortress very famous for repelling several Tibetan armies during 17th century. A wrap up of the day’s sightseeing by visiting the Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples in the Kingdom.
    Overnight in Paro.

  3. Day 03 Paro - Chonana

    Alt. 3500m.
    Distance 14 km.
    Time 4-5 hours
    The trek starts from Olathang, about 15 minute drive from Paro town. Most of the day’s walk is a gradual climb through the pine forests. Along the trail, there is an opportunity to walk into some beautiful farmhouses built in typical Bhutanese architecture. The view of the Paro valley from the trail is excellent.
    Overnight in camp.

  4. Day 04 Chonana - Jebkarpo

    Alt. 3500m
    Distance 16 km. Time 5-6 hours
    Today’s trek is mostly a gentle uphill walk all the way to the Chele La Pass at 3900m. The trail is through forest filled with primula, rhododendron and many other species of plants and trees. After crossing the pass, the trail traverses along the Chelela ridge with beautiful views of the Himalayan mountain ranges.
    Overnight in camp.

  5. Day 05 Jebkarpo - Lower Mingula

    Distance 15 km.
    Time 5-6 hours
    In the morning, the view of Mount Jumolhari, Tserim Gang, Jichu Drake are absolutely breathtaking. Today it is a gradual walk, and the trail follows the ridge above the Ha valley.
    Overnight in camp.

  6. Day 06 Mingula - Thong

    Distance 16 km
    Time 5-6 hours
    Today is another easy day of trekking with excellent views of mountains and valleys. On this route, there is a very good opportunity of seeing yaks.
    Overnight in camp.

  7. Day 07 Thong - Paro - Thimphu

    The last day of the trek is a short descent to get to the Paro valley. The trek ends at Drukgyal Dzong and it is about 25 minute drive to Paro town. After lunch at Paro, it is a 65 km drive to reach Thimphu. Thimphu is the Capital of Bhutan and houses the Secretariat, the King’s office, and other administrative offices.
    Overnight in Thimphu.

  8. Day 08 Thimphu

    Sightseeing in Thimphu encompasses the tour of Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building which houses the office of the king; the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed; and Painting and Woodcraft school where the tradition of Art and Painting are kept alive. Afternoon visit include the Memorial Chorten, a stupa built in memory of the third King of Bhutan, and also commemorates world peace and prosperity; the National Library which houses the World’s largest book, and where ancient manuscripts are preserved; and Simtokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built in 1629 AD.
    Overnight in Thimphu.

  9. Day 09 Thimphu - Punakha and back

    Today, a full day excursion to Punakha entails a drive over Dochula Pass at 3000 m and a later visit to the Temple of Fertility, attributed to Drukpa Kuenley the crazy saint. After lunch, visit the Dzong at Punakha, often considered the most beautiful Dzong, before returning back to Thimphu.
    Overnight in Thimphu.

  10. Day 10 Thimphu - Paro

    In the morning, take a leisurely walk in Thimphu town to do some shopping, visit the Post Office to do your philatelic purchases. After lunch, drive to Paro and visit the Tachogang Lhakhang en route. In the evening, a visit to a traditional farm house will offer opportunity to mingle with local people and get ideas on their lifestyle.
    Overnight in Paro.

  11. Day 11 Paro (Hike to Tiger's Nest)

    Today is a big day to hike up to Taktsang Monastery, one of the most venerated sites of the Himalayan world. Perched precariously on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 3000 m, legend has it that the site was chosen after Guru Rimpoche, one of the Patron Saints of Bhutan, meditated here in the 8th Century. An evening stroll in town will give you opportunity to buy souvenirs and mingle with the townsfolk.
    Overnight in Paro.

  12. Day 12 Depart Paro

    Depending on your flight schedule, your tour guide will escort you to the airport, facilitate your check in, and bid you farewell.

Accommodation

we hope to provide the ultimate best value for all our guests. We choose some of the finest hotels, offer free upgrades to make our visitors feel the most welcomed and well-taken care of while traveling in Bhutan. We take pride in providing first class accommodations for our travelers.

A wide variety of accommodations are available ranging from luxurious 5-star hotels to cozy little hotels, homestays in traditional Bhutanese homes to camping under the stars. Visitors can be assured of comfort, ambiance and hospitality.

The types of accommodations can be divided into:

  • Government Categorized 3 Star Hotels and Resorts.
  • Luxurious 4 Star Hotels & 5 Star International Hotel Chains.
  • Village Homestay.
  • Camping.

Government Categorized 3 Star Hotels & Resorts

Hotels in Bhutan are rated according to a National 5 Star rating System. All Tour Operators are required to provide their guests with Government Categorized Hotels and Resorts, a minimum of 3 Star accommodations so you can be assured of your comfort. Most hotels provide their guests with Basic Necessities, Room Service, Free Wi-fi, Television and some of them also have Fitness Centers and Spas.

Luxurious 4 Star Hotels & 5 Star International Hotel Chains

The luxury packages are based on 4 star luxury hotels and 5 star International Hotels Chain (Aman Kora, COMO Uma, Zhiwaling, Le Meridien and Taj Tashi) with extra charges in addition to the Mandatory Daily Tariff of USD $250/person/night.

Village Homestay

Visitors also have the option of spending a night in a traditional Bhutanese Farm House with a Bhutanese family. Agriculture is still one of the major sources of livelihood among the Bhutanese people and a farm-stay will give you an excellent glimpse into the day-to-day life of a typical Bhutanese family. You’ll be able to observe age old Bhutanese farming traditions as the family goes about its daily tasks. You’ll enjoy delicious home-cooked meals and the unparalleled hospitality of a Bhutanese host.

Camping

There’s nothing like camping in some of the most breath taking landscapes of Bhutan. Visitors embarking on long treks will be provided with tents and whatever other camping equipment is deemed necessary. Regardless of where you stay, visitors can be assured of their comfort and traditional Bhutanese hospitality.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, mineral water) as per your choice.
  •  Tea and snacks
  • Entrance fees to Temples and Monuments.
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay.
  • All internal road transport (excluding internal and external flights, which can be offered at additional costs).
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
  • All internal taxes and charges.
  • A sustainable Development fees of USD 65.
  • Note:  Holidays Bhutan can also book your flights end-to-end.
Whats not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price
  • Air fare.
  • Drinks and beverages.
  • Travel and health Insurance( All medical facilities in Bhutan is free )
  • Laundry, telephone, mobile, fax and Internet bills (Hotels in Bhutan provide free wifi facilities).
  • Tips for guide and driver.
  • Shopping and Entertainment.